Mercedes-Benz has earned its spot as one of the top automobile brands in the world today. We are going to look at some facts you didn’t know about this top brand.
1 . KARL BENZ CREATED THE FIRST MODERN AUTOMOBILE
The year 1886 is regarded as the birth year of the modern car when German inventor Karl Benz patented his Benz Patent-Motorwagen. Cars became widely available in the early 20th century. One of the first cars accessible to the masses was the 1908 Model T, an American car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company.
2 . THE MERCEDES NAME CAME FROM AN ELEVEN YEAR OLD GIRL
The name came from the beautiful daughter of Emil Jellinek, her name was Mercedes. A rich banker-sportsman from Vienna, Emil Jellinek, was very fascinated with the success of Daimler Motors in racing competitions. He bought a controlling stock interest in Daimler in the 1890’s and put a huge amount of money for the removal of the sons of Daimler and Gottlieb. It was Jellinek who urged Daimler to make the most powerful engine which was the 35 HP Monster.
In 1900, the 4-cylinder Daimler was built and the car was christened as Mercedes, the daughter of Jellinek. The car became an instant craze. The Mercedes was an outstanding car, from its shining fenders to its T-head twin carburetors; it gave justice to Jellinek’s daughter.
3 . BERTHA BENZ WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO TAKE A ROAD TRIP IN A MODERN AUTOMOBILE
Thirty-nine-year-old Bertha Benz made history on August 12, 1888 (History.com says August 5), “when she became the first person to complete a long-distance trip by automobile,” proclaims. “The trip helped popularize Karl Benz’s latest invention—and likely saved him from professional and financial ruin.”
Bertha reportedly drove away with the “Model III Patent Motorwagen” without her husband’s permission, although she left a note saying she was taking their two young sons to visit her mother in Pforzheim. Her route from their home in Mannheim was about 60 miles. The drive, which included stops at apothecary shops to buy a petroleum solvent needed keep the car running, took about 15 hours. She returned home three days later.
4 . MERCEDEZ-BENZ HAS A SPECIAL PARTNERSHIP WITH KEMPINSKI HOTELS
A partnership between Mercedes-AMG and Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden was announced by the luxury vehicle manufacturer recently, as shown on a report from gtspirit.com. Guests of the Hotel Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps will become the main beneficiaries of the collaboration between the two premium brands.
The partnership gives guests the opportunity to test drive a Mercedes-AMG GT S around the spectacular countryside close to the hotel for two days. Aside from the latest super car of the German marquee, the hotel also uses the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and S-Class for its exclusive shuttle service.
5 . THE MERCEDES-MAYBACH S650 IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE MODEL TO DATE
The Mercedes Maybach S650 is a model of Mercedes Benz designed to provide exquisite and display of wealth. Sharing a part of the wonders of the airplane, its high lift and residence in air despite its weight. Such thoughts of having a rolling airplane with first class reservations would have occupied Mercedes Benz to have inspired the production of the Mercedes Maybach S650.
The year 2017 was when Mercedes Maybach S series got a facelift and introduced the S650 as its flagship; this long sedan has extreme luxury for top class executive customers and it was intended to compete with the likes of Bentley Mulsanne and Rolls Royce Phantom. The Mercedes brand keeps this vehicle in a better position than its rivals for countries like Nigeria; this brand remains a big inspiration for a lot of people and owning a Mercedes Maybach establishes luxury at its peak.
6 . MERCEDES- BENZ HAS PARTNERSHIP WITH LUXURY HOTELS TO OFFER THEIR DRIVERS SPECIAL BENEFITS
Mercedes-Benz offers its drivers some special benefits when they lodge in some luxury hotels. Benefits like:
50 minute spa treatment per room per stay
Room upgrade (based on availability)
Complimentary overnight parking
Mercedes-Benz does not seem to stop at making sure that their customers have that luxury treatment always.
7 . THE MERCEDES-BENZ THREE-POINT LOGO ALMOST HAD A FOURTH POINT ADDED
The brainchild of the sons of Gottlieb Daimler, Paul and Adolf Daimler, the original Mercedes-Benz logo was a gold star. Inspiration for this design came from a symbol used by their father to mark family postcards. Through the evolution of Mercedes-Benz, the logo was altered and eventually became a white star at the center of a thick circular border with detailing around the edges.
Today, a silver circle with a Three-Pointed Star in the center is now recognized as the Mercedes-Benz logo. While the logo meaning was rooted in family, it now has come to represent the strength and prevalence of Daimler engines on the land, on the sea, and in the air. The Three-Pointed Star is now proudly displayed on new Mercedes-Benz vehicles all around Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana as either a stand-up hood ornament or a stamp embedded in the grille.
Discussions were on-going about adding a fourth point but it never happened.
8 . THE S CLASS NOW COMES WITH A PERFUMING SYSTEM
If I could bottle the scent of my (very used) first car, it would be something like Eau de French Fries and Shoes. No amount of royal pine Little Trees hanging from the rearview could mask it. Mercedes-Benz has now come up with a whole new level of car fragrance. The new ($100,000+) 2014 S-Class sedans come with the ($350) option of a built-in fragrance atomizer and four custom colognes.
Located in the glove box, the “active perfuming system” can be turned on and off by the driver, who can also control the intensity (low, medium, or high). The perfumed air passes into the cabin of the car through the A/C vents in five-minute intervals. You can choose from four exclusive interior fragrances created with perfumer Marc vom Ende: Freeside Mood (light citrus), Nightlife Mood (spice, oud), Downtown Mood (floral, musk), and Sports Mood (green, citrus). Each scent was created to complement the leathery smell of a new car, and Mercedes swears that the scents won’t transfer to your clothing. Each atomizer lasts for a few months and can be replaced (for $110) at Mercedes dealers. The fragrance system also includes an empty glass vial to fill with any alcohol-based perfume of your choosing. (Perhaps the scent of money? Hey, it exists.) And if the aromatherapy feature isn’t enough, the new S-class comes with a hot stone massage feature in the seats, too—it’s a luxury spa on wheels.
9 . THE MERCEDES-BENZ SLS AMG HAS EXPLOSIVE DOORS
It’s a sad fact that incredibly expensive, highly desirable cars have to be smashed to bits in the name of safety, but we have to admit we quietly enjoy watching the carnage. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG had to endure its time with the crash barrier, the $200,000 supercar can hold its own against the international wall of destruction. The offset impact crash showed that virtually all of the energy was absorbed by its long front end while the cockpit remained largely intact. But what if the SLS flipped on its lid, rendering the gullwing doors inoperable?
In order to comply with federal standards that mandate that a door must be operational in the event of a rollover crash, MB built explosive charges into the hinge pins so that the doors could be blown off in the event of a rollover.
In the event of a real-wold crash, yanking on the door handles would trigger the explosives once the SLS AMG was upside-down for a pre-determined amount of time.
10 . MERCEDES-BENZ CREATED A SELF DRIVING SEMI TRUCK
On 3 July 2014, the secret was aired: with the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, Daimler Trucks unveiled the transport system of the future. The truck of tomorrow will drive itself. The road there is being paved by assistance and telematics systems that are already in use today. These were brought together in a highly intelligent system called “Highway Pilot”.
The result: increased safety, lower fuel consumption and also improved working conditions for professional truck drivers. And improved vehicle/transport management and app-based solutions will enable fleet operators to save money.
Yet the pioneer among autonomously driving trucks is not just intelligent. The engineers at Daimler Trucks have given it not just a futuristic exterior, but a new life in the interior, fewer controls and more freedom of movement.
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